Eleven artists have now been selected for the first round of this annual programme from a long-list of 40 nominated by members of the Black Routes network, alongside producers, promoters, DJs and other industry professionals. This July, the group will undertake an intensive week of training in the beautiful and inspirational surroundings of Dartington Arts in Totnes, Devon. Each of the confirmed artists will be interviewed in advance about their careers and the skills they need to develop to achieve their aspirations, and this will evolve into a plan for a week of practical workshops and seminars, tailored specifically to the group.
Claire Whitaker, Director of Serious who was one of the Selection Panel members said:
Move On Up is a fantastic opportunity and we were all delighted by the calibre of artists selected for this first programme.
Later this year, these artists and others will have the opportunity to participate in further training, specifically on working in music theatre as a musical director or composer/arranger. This component of Move On Up will be run in collaboration with Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Move On Up is produced by Serious, delivered in collaboration with Dartington and Theatre Royal Stratford East and is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
To find out more download the full Black routes programme of events here.